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Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival – First Announcement

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival – First Brewery Announcement

12.00pm – 7.00pm, October 4th Forsyth Barr Stadium

Craft beer lovers will be excited at the announcement today that the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival will have even more breweries signed up for this year’s festival. Now it its second year, the festival promises to be bigger and better than anything Dunedin has seen before.

“We’re absolutely stoked to have such a wide range of breweries, from start-ups to Kiwi classics, plus a Wellington contingent will add that cherry on the top of a great day!” said Dan Hendra, Events and Communications Manager. “It’s a chance for Dunedinites to meet and talk with brewers from their favourite breweries, and try beers that aren’t available in Dunedin.”

Dunedin and Otago breweries will be the mainstay of the day with the likes of Emerson’s, Green Man, Velvet Worm, and McDuffs all making their presence felt. The festival also aims to put the spotlight on emerging breweries and will have Wanaka’s Maverick Craft Beer and Oamaru’s Craftwork Brewery in attendance, along with the possibility of one or two that haven’t even opened their doors.

From further afield Auckland’s Steam Brewery will be sending their latest edition to the festival, and Wellington breweries Funk Estate and Garage Project will appear for the first time representing some of the best brews from our nation’s capital. The Nelson Tasman region are also being represented with Hop Federation making the journey to Dunedin as well.

“Having so many breweries from outside the Otago region coming will add that extra bit of uniqueness to the day.”

said Mr. Hendra. “We’re lucky our last festival made waves to attract these breweries, and for us Garage Project is extra special as they have Otago University Alumni in their team.”

Along with Kiwi breweries the festival has attracted New Zealand’s most well-known importer of North American Craft Beer – Beer Without Borders – who will be making the trip from Wellington armed with fresh kegs of their latest imports.

“Beer Without Borders are the premier international craft beer importer and they will be bringing interesting and innovative beers that we haven’t seen down here before.” said Mr. Hendra. “It’s the first time Beer Without Borders have travelled this far south for a festival, and they’re here to make a good impression with the freshest and best range of international beer Dunedin will see this year.”

Along with the range of beers and food, home brewers will be invited to compete, with the overall brewer taking on the chance to brew the official festival brew for 2015. Businesses will also be invited to enter their best homebrew, with all entry fees from this section going to the charity of the winning businesses choosing.

“It’s going to be a day with great food, great beers and a great time for Dunedin to have fun together!” said Tickets are on sale now from Ticket Direct across New Zealand at Ticket Direct outlets.


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